Story Archives

Archive Results — 21076 thru 21100 of about 22600 items

Concert supports youth strings

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"One-hundred hands will reach for stringed instruments. Violins will be tucked under chins, and cellos firmly planted. And 50 bows will be poised for the First All-Island Youth Strings Concert, 7 p.m. May 10 at the Sakai Intermediate School gym. That instant will bring past, present and future together - the cumulative total of thousands of hours of practice over the years on the part of the students; months of organization by the adults; and their collective vision of an orchestra program in the Bainbridge schools. "

Tough battles are good vs. good conflicts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"A wise and wizened law school professor once made the following observation on the first day of class:You think that you will be involved in struggles of good versus evil, he said. But that doesn't happen very often, and those conflicts are easily resolved.The hard ones, he said, are the conflicts of good versus good. "

Better homes and wagons

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Dwellings showcased on the May 12 Bainbridge Performing Arts Home Tour include small, cozy spaces, to go with those large and grand.Whether they appeal to an atavistic instinct to curl up in a den or a straightforward desire for less to clean, Denise Harris' gypsy caravan and Craig and Nancy Johnson's condominium show the comforts of containment.For Harris and friends, small did not mean fewer hours of construction, however. More than 1,700 hours have been devoted to the gypsy wagon so far, Harris said.Building the caravan was like any other project, she said. If you start, you might get obsessed.But the most important thing is that it was built from scratch - built, not bought. "

Can island preserve its history?A new ordinance could give incentive for saving old homes.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Kathy and Leon Kos like history, as they demonstrated by buying and preserving Bainbridge Island's oldest house. And after putting that much time and trouble into an 1856 structure, she wants to make sure the next buyer and the one after that are also interested in history, and not simply in the Port Madison half-acre where the house is located.It really scares us that it might be torn down sometime, she said. We've done a lot to the house to preserve it, and I'd really like to see some way to save these old buildings. "

Ferry fare hike goes into effect June 3Legislators report progress on a new budget to keep the system afloat.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"A $3.35 billion transportation budget that preserves existing ferry service in the Central Sound region sailed through the House Transportation Committee this week, and now heads to the full House for a vote.And on Thursday, the Transportation Commission finally approved the 20 percent ferry fare increases recommended by the Tariff Policy Committee. "

Rowley a finalist for job in SpokaneThe state's second-largest district courts the BISD chief.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"Superintendent of Bainbridge schools Steve Rowley is one of three finalists for the superintendent post in Spokane.Spokane school board members, who invited Rowley to apply after conducting a nationwide search, will hold final interviews next week and announce a choice May 31. "

Yoga for Hutch is Sunday

  • May 5, 2001 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 3:48PM

"The literal Sanskrit translation of the word yoga is union.That's what five island yoga teachers have formed for a fund-raising event Sunday.Island yoga teachers are banding together for the first time to work for cancer research, teaching yoga classes as a fundraiser for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Day of Yoga is one of the local events under the umbrella of Positive Yoga 2001, based in Seattle and the country's only yoga fundraiser. "

Ball recalls quilt work with busy-bee studentsHer table on the sidewalk Sunday.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"On the Sunday Arts Walk, artists and artisans will sell a wide variety of items, but quilter Maggie Ball's offering will be the written record of a project.She will be in front of Esther's Fabrics, signing copies of Creative Quilting With Children, the new book that documents Ball's years quilting with 900 Bainbridge students.I would never have thought, when I saw my first quilts in the Ozarks 15 years ago, that this book would be the result, Ball said, and it started because I couldn't afford to buy a quilt myself. "

Leadership too late

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"After 105 days of a regular legislative session and into the second week of the first special session, our folks in Olympia have finally staggered to the starting line on improving the state's increasingly dysfunctional transportation system.Gov. Locke has proposed a revenue package that would boost the gas tax by 7 cents a gallon; levy an excise tax on auto sales; and increase fees on commercial vehicles. Estimates are that the plan would raise some $9 billion over the next 10 years, to be matched by another $9 billion-plus raised on a regional basis.Predictably, Locke's proposal has drawn flak from all sides. "

Canvassing for fansSusan Goodwin promotes music for the right reasons.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Everyone has a favorite band and balladeer, but not everyone founds a music series to share those musicians with friends.That's what Susan Goodwin did when she invited singer/songwriter Peter Rowan to the island in 1998, a series that continues May 6 when Tom Russell performs with Andrew Hardin.The series started because I liked Peter's music so much, Goodwin said. I had seen him many times, I had told friends about him. Bringing him here was like getting to take your friends to your favorite restaurant. "

Traffic officer hits the streets full timeSpeeders are targeted in a new campaign by Bainbridge Police.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Radar loves a blind corner. The crest of a hill will do just fine, too, as a driver on New Brooklyn Road is about to find out.Coming into sudden view from the direction of Mandus Olson Road, a Volvo zips over the hill, greeted by the sight of Bainbridge Police Officer Rob Corn. On the latter's dashboard, a small radar unit clocks the vehicle's speed and - click! - locks on.I'll take 58 in a 40, Corn says as the vehicle goes past, its driver tapping a belated foot to the brake. The red-and-blues light up, Corn does a quick U-turn, and a minute later he's chatting to the driver through her rolled-down window. "

District could close Commodore buildingFacilities could be consolidated as the school district tightens its belt.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Closing buildings and going to the voters for more money are among the suggestions of a group looking at school district funding for the coming year.The District Budget Advisory Committee - comprised of school staff, parents and community members, serving as advisors in budgeting for the coming year - discussed those and other options with the school board April 26.The district, still coping with current budget problems caused by falling enrollment and fixed operating costs, could face another revenue shortfall of $1 million next year, with possible cuts in the state education budget, underfunding of Initiative 732, and higher utility costs. "

"You wanted enforcement, here it is"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"It would be hard to miss: Loud calls for better traffic control and tougher enforcement have come from around the island over the past year.Even in today's Letters column, south-end parents and a Winslow-area resident, faced with the proliferation of vehicles traveling at speed on their neighborhood roadways, weigh in with the oft-repeated concerns for the safety of children, pedestrians and other motorists.Now, with the designation of Bainbridge Police Officer Rob Corn as the department's full-time traffic officer (reported elsewhere in this issue), tougher enforcement is here. "

Cabaret dreams and thwarted loveDeborah Cheadle takes the stage as chanteuse.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"The setting will be Island Center Hall, but the sound is urban.Cabaret singer Deborah Cheadle will transport the audience at her May 4 performance to a hole-in-the-wall piano bar in New York City, with songs of love, loss and longing.I've always been drawn to songs about the difficulty we have opening our hearts, said Cheadle, a long-time island resident. Here, I'm actually telling very specific stories about my thwarted love attempts since eighth grade.She regards cabaret as primarily a storytelling form, one in which the lyrics are key and the show is shaped thematically. It's analogous to constructing a theater piece. But unlike the actor, who functions at a remove behind theater's fourth wall, the singer makes an intimate connection with the audience. "

'Non-boring' Buxton's success

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Teen Center director Shannon Buxton supplies the right atmosphere that makes the center a place kids want to hang out.She is an amazing person, said Bainbridge High School senior Marissa Simcoe. She comes up with not-boring things for kids to do that are still legal. She's everybody's mommy.Since 1992, Buxton has set the tone for the Teen Center, housed on the Bainbridge High School campus but run under the aegis of Bainbridge Island Park and Recreation District. The park district owns the building, but leases the grounds from the school district. The lease is year-to-year, and Buxton anticipates a possible move perhaps within five years.The Teen Center organization itself is independent and non-profit, but Buxton and the other part-time center personnel are considered park district staff. "

Investors reflect on HMC chargesSome rally to the company's defense as the state investigates.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Investors who sunk some $9 million into Health Maintenance Centers, Inc., were chasing a much bigger rainbow than a workout facility on Bainbridge Island.Their ultimate dream, some say, was a piece of Znetix, Inc., a corporate mother-ship that would gather in HMC and other subsidiaries, become publicly traded and repay the original investors many times over.What Znetix has done is establish a high profile, sponsoring two racing hydroplanes last year, throwing a lavish party in Los Angeles and even persuading Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer to wear a Znetix hat for his post-game interview.What Znetix has not done is become publicly traded, although that is still being promised to the HMC investors. "

Tempers flare over sewer plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Amid heated charges of intentional delay, a short-handed City Council Wednesday tabled for two more weeks discussion of a Comprehensive Plan amendment that could bring sewer service to portions of the south island.The council's 3-2 vote puts off action on the proposal past the council's self-imposed deadline of May 1 to approve language and send it to the city Planning Commission. "

Step off the curb with sewer plan

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Zoning is nothing more than a matter of political will. Within the legal give-and-take of land use regulation, long-established principles of property rights, and general public sentiment, what today's city council thinks is already too-high density can turn into tomorrow's subdivision. Sometimes, vice versa.To that extent, even without the extension of sewer service to four south-end island neighborhoods - Pleasant Beach, Emerald Heights, Point White and Rockaway Beach - there are no guarantees that future generations won't see more houses there than crowd the shoreline today. "

Bischoff wins his first 'Amy'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Although the award Korum Bischoff will receive May 1 recognizes young talent, the percussionist has already accomplished more at 25 than some artists decades older.Korum is young but he's got great spirit, Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities board president David Lewis said. Not only is he practicing his art as a percussionist, but, by so doing, has brought others into his circle. He's a natural leader.Bischoff will receive the new Amy Anderson Emerging Artist Award - a cash award established by Dave and Caren Anderson in memory of their daughter - for his wide range of accomplishments. "

"State alleges HMC violated securities regsAfter raising $9 million, the club is told to cease the sale of shares."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"State securities regulators have charged Bainbridge Island's Health Maintenance Centers and owner Kevin Lawrence with selling some $9 million in unregistered stock, saying the company misrepresented facts and misled investors.The state issued a cease-and-desist order April 9, forbidding any more sales pending further investigation by the state. The order was released to the public online, posted to the web site maintained by the Securities Division of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. "

Transit back for a second levy tryBallots are in the mail for a three-tenths of one cent sales tax hike.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"If county voters approve a sales-tax hike for Kitsap Transit next month, fares will drop, service will improve and maybe that mad dash off the ferry will become a thing of the past. If they turn it down, though, the transit district lines may be redrawn to exclude parts of the county, and service in the excluded area will be sharply diminished. You do have people running off the ferries now during the commuter period to get a seat on the bus, said Kitsap Transit Executive Director Dick Hayes.If the levy passes, we will be able to add buses to those routes, so one can take off when it is full and another can wait for those who want or need a little more time to get off the boat and onto the bus. "

"550 Madison dispute endsWith a suit settled, the apartment goes to the housing authority. "

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:47PM

"Four months after a lawsuit threatened the deal, the Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority will finally close the deal to buy the apartment building at 550 Madison Avenue from long-time owner Vicki Holmstrom of Kingston.The purchase means that the building's mostly modest-wage tenants will be able to stay in the 13-unit complex at rents adjusted to their income. "

'My Favorite Year' debuts at BHS

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"It's hell week at Bainbridge High School for the seniors working on the musical My Favorite Year. One can find cast and crew in the LGI nearly nonstop for these last rehearsals before the play opens April 27.With 40 actors, 20 techies and five adults, the show is much larger than the Broadway production. Doing the play is a lot of work, Justin Maurer (Alan Swann), said, but I enjoy the general sense of urgency and chaos.In My Favorite Year, protagonist Benjy Stone (Adam Granato) narrates the story of the year during which he is transformed from deli clerk to comedy writer on The King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade. "

Patchwork quilt a wonder of geometryThe blanket will be raffled off to support a charity.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"Viewing the Welcome Wagon quilt to be raffled on the Fourth of July, one may not be surprised to learn that it was designed by a mathematician. The overall bold pattern, comprised of a wealth of detail, is a geometric wonder.I started with grid paper, quilt designer Linda Johnston said. I chose lighthouses and water because of where we live. "

"Rural roads, highway speedsParents organize in hopes of slowing motorists through island school zones."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:46PM

"Drivers, they say, are traveling through school zones at highway speeds.And with a recent traffic study to back them up, some Bainbridge parents are organizing and hope to find solutions by this fall.Speeding is an island-wide issue, but we believe schools have to be at the top of the list, said Althea Mallove, one of the organizers of an informal group calling itself the Parents for Safe School Zones.A report by a Bellevue traffic-consulting firm - released in March, based on data collected last fall - showed that on North Madison Avenue near Wilkes Elementary School, 99 percent of vehicles exceed the posted speed limit of 40 mph. At least 15 percent were clocked in excess of 62 mph.The situation was nearly as bad near Blakely Elementary School, where 15 percent of drivers topped 45 mph on Blakely Avenue, and 15 percent raced down Baker Hill Road at 66 mph or better.The actual situation may not be quite as alarming as those numbers indicate, according to Bainbridge Island Public Works Director Randy Witt. "

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Sep 12 edition online now. Browse the archives.